Ferris Groves: an old Florida produce experience

Sometime before the end of their season in mid-April, you must take a drive out to historic Floral City and visit Ferris Groves. The colorful farm store built in 1959 is old Florida at its finest. Here you can purchase their citrus and berry products and a variety of jams, preserves, syrups, milkshakes and even locally raised beef. While their citrus products are now grown throughout Florida due to Citrus Greening, the “Ferris Berry” strawberries and blueberries are grown on the Duval Island farm along Lake Tsala Apopka in Citrus County.

Southern Sisters Boutique Ribbon Cutting

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, customers and personal supporters attending the ribbon cutting for Southern Sisters Boutique.

On Wednesday March 7, 2018, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting welcomed a new member business: Southern Sisters Boutique located at 1391 Kass Circle Spring Hill, Fl. The store’s grand opening took place on March 3, 2018. The owners of the fashionable boutique are are Ali Jackson ' Lopez and Diana Bennett. Both ladies are very upbeat and will help you with putting a style together. Southern Sisters Boutique specializes in gently used and new womens designer clothing and accessories, as well as infants and home décor, handmade soaps.

Joshua McAdams, ‘Local Forager’ to guide BGC on new Chinsegut Hill Nature Trail

Photo courtesy of Joshua McAdams pictured with son, Noah, and their basket of their recently picked wild mushrooms (Chanterelles)

Brooksville Garden Club Membership will picnic on the verandas and surrounding areas of Chinsegut Manor House & Retreat Center, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville, 34601, 352-799-5400, on Wednesday, April 11th. While having a BYOBag (and lawn chair) lunch at 12 Noon (soft beverages supplied by the Club), fellow Member, Marie O’Neill, will speak of the Hill’s native & exotic plants with a walking tour of the grounds for those interested. Membership and guests who enjoy hiking will have an added treat. The newly created Hill's Hiking Trail will be guided by Joshua McAdams.

Planning and Zoning Board gives green light for ‘Spring Center’ comp plan amendment

An aerial view of the Spring Center

In a 4-1 vote during their March 12, 2018 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended approval of a comprehensive plan amendment for the planned development, Spring Center. The Board of County Commissioners will consider the P&Z recommendation at an upcoming regular meeting.

The P&Z board discussed the rezoning of the 450-acre tract, currently zoned Agricultural (AG) to Planned Development District (PDD) to properly meet the intended requirements of the town-center style development that is currently being called Spring Center.

Commissioners send CEMEX comp plan amendment to state agencies

proposed comprehensive plan designation

The Board of County Commissioners heard a lengthy series of CEMEX expert witnesses in support of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment from a Residential and Regional Commercial Overlay to Mining and Commercial on a 730 acre tract of land across the street from Bayfront Hospital on Cortez Blvd in Brooksville. More specifically, a 573 acre portion of land is proposed for mining designation and a 156 acre tract along Cortez is proposed for commercial designation.

Prom dreams can come true

Over 1,300 prom gowns, along with accessories and a spa experience on the day of your prom to be offered free by Citrus Cinderellas.    Photos COURTESY OF CITRUS CINDERELLAS

With the rustle of taffeta and tulle, the lustre of silk and charmeuse, glittering sequins and jewels and rack upon rack of beautiful gowns, Cinderella’s Closet is taking the stress out of prom dress shopping by removing the cost.

Cinderella’s Closet, an outreach ministry of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, Citrus County, aims to provide prom dresses, accessories and spa services to graduating high school teens — not only in Citrus County but Pasco and Hernando counties too.

Nonprofit geared up to benefit animal causes

The Thrifty Dog, in a large warehouse on the west side of US 19, a couple of miles north of Cortez Boulevard, offers appliances, furniture, kitchenware, clothes, ceramics, books, toys and more. The Thrifty Dog is a non-profit organized to benefit animal treatment.

Thrifty Dog owner Anthony Loffler was a student at USF St. Pete when he became interested in animal causes. To get involved, he joined and helped organize the Puppy Love Club at USFSP. The Puppy Love Club has volunteers to raise puppies, helpers and members.

P & Z recommends approval for Njoy Spirits special exception use permit change

By Leslie Stein

Njoy Spirits is a family operated Florida Whiskey distillery on 80 acres in the middle of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. They purchased their property in 2002 and have had many obstacles in order to produce 3 different award-winning products, all Florida grown. The Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey uses 100% rye whiskey with no artificial flavorings or color. It is aged in custom made charred American oak barrels and allowed to develop in the Florida Climate.